South Dakota prides itself on rich history and heritage. Each community has something interesting and exciting to offer. Although we are in the process of adding to our city directory, below are some of the prominent cities located throughout the state.
The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls is known state-wide as a thriving urban hub. Home to 200,000+ residents, the city boasts an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, as well as scenic parks for outdoor enthusiasts.
Nestled along the eastern edge of the Black Hills, Rapid City is second in size only to Sioux Falls. A central mountain range runs down the middle of the city, dividing it neatly into two halves. Rapid City is home to the nationally acclaimed Mount Rushmore monument, as well as a large number of restored mining towns and beautiful national forests. Diverse restaurants, shopping centers, and recreational pursuits abound.
A bustling urban community, Aberdeen is home to a wide variety of thriving businesses, shopping districts, schools, and industries. The sprawling Lakewood Mall is a hub for visiting and resident shoppers, who can also explore the charm of historic downtown Aberdeen. Learn more about Aberdeen.
Located along the Big Sioux River, this city is renowned for its quiet, safe communities and family-friendly activities. Preserved historic landmarks exist alongside a thriving, modernized business district.
Home to the famous Corn Palace, Mitchell is home to nearly 15,000 residents, but draws approximately half a million visitors each year. The city’s economy is supported almost exclusively by its tourist income.
Nestled along the Missouri River and often referred to as “River City,” Yankton earned a place in history by serving as a layover for steamboats during the Black Hills Gold Rush.
Combining big-city attractions with small-town charm, Vermillion is the tenth largest city in the state. The city’s culture and activities center primarily on the University of South Dakota, once attended by famous news anchor Tom Brokaw.
Originally established in 1857 to accommodate a central railroad path, present-day Brookings functions as the official county seat. Home to South Dakota State University, the city enjoys a rich academic culture.
It may be small, but this busy city is big on exciting attractions. Among its tourist destinations are the Akta Lakota Museum, the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
Situated on the rocky bluffs of the Missouri River, Pierre was originally settled in 1880 and is a rich reflection of early American West history and heritage. The majestic State Capitol building is the city’s primary attraction.
Normally a sleepy, quiet town, Sturgis is transformed each August with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which attracts more than half a million biking enthusiasts to the city and its outlying areas.
Its close proximity to the Mount Rushmore memorial, the historic town of Deadwood, and the Black Hills National Forest make Spearfish a popular tourist destination. The charming community is nestled in the center of three major mountain summits: Crow Peak, Spearfish Mountain, and Lookout Mountain.
This restored Old West mining town carries a rich and riotous legacy. The entire city is registered as a National Historic Landmark, home to carefully preserved historic casinos and storefronts. It’s widely acclaimed as the former stomping grounds of several infamous outlaws and lawmen.
Small in terms of population, Hill City is considered a vital tourism community due to its location near the center of the widely popular Black Hills, a proximity that has earned it the nickname “Heart of the Hills.”
A small South Dakotan town with a rich mining heritage, Keystone was established in 1883, several years after the 1876 Black Hills Gold Rush. Keystone’s scenic trails and mountain summits, including Mickelson Trail and Harney’s Peak, promote picturesque and challenging hiking.
A hub for arts, culture, and outdoor recreation, the historic town of Madison is committed to maintaining an excellent quality of life for its residents.